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Released in 1991

War - The Air Raid Siren Slices Through...

Written by Paul McCartneyCarl Davis

Last updated on July 9, 2019

Album This song officially appears on the Liverpool Oratorio Official album.

Timeline This song was officially released in 1991

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The Air Raid Siren Slices Through…” is the third track of the first movement – entitled “War” – of Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio, released in 1991.

I: WAR. 1942. A world at war. Sirens sound as bombs fall over Liverpool and despairing couples shelter underground. Amid the blaze and the chaos of an air raid, a child is born. And there is hope.

“Liverpool Oratorio” liner notes



The air raid siren slices through

A night in 1942.

A couple sheltering in the gloom

Know all too well this waiting room

For often they have in the past

Been huddled close against the blast

Of doodle bugs and bombs galore,

They can't put up with any more.

So it was that I was born

Into this world one summer morning

And breaking through this brand new day

I hear the sound of warning.


(War, Ah)

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War - The Air Raid Siren Slices Through...” has been played in 2 concerts.

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